Editorial

Exeter’s Roman Walls Are ‘At Risk’ According To Historic England

This year Exeter’s Roman Walls is one of the places across the South West region featured on Historic England’s annual Heritage at Risk Register.

The register reveals the 1455 historic places at risk of neglect, decay or inappropriate change, including 187 Grade I and II* listed buildings and structural scheduled monuments, 165 places of worship and 1053 archaeology entries.

South West Heritage at Risk Principal John Ette said: “Over the past 20 years we have used the Heritage at Risk Register to highlight places in need of care and attention. Despite the successes, other places continue to fall into disrepair.

They have been added to this year’s Register and we will focus our attention on them in the years ahead.”

Sites added to the register include:

Bunksland Farm, East Anstey

This farmhouse has medieval origins and has survived since early 1800s till now. Now, surveys and research, and planning emergency work are being carried out on the property.

Exeter city walls

Exeter’s walls have reflected the need for defence throughout turbulent times and are a special part of the character of the city. Repair and consolidation are required for a section of the wall. Historic England is offering to fund 50 per cent of the cost of these works to the prospective owners.

The Axe Boat, Axmouth

The Axe boat dates to the late 15th or early 16th century. The Axe Boat has been added to the Register in the hopes of gathering as much information from it as possible.

Heritage at Risk Register has saved sites in the past year like Belvedere, Powderham and Bolt Tail Fort in South Devon; while some are in progress including Knowle Battery, Plymouth and Lupton Park, Torbay.

 

 

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